Journal of American History

Starting Places

Studying How Students Understand History

Who are our students, and what and how do they think about history? Analyzing what we do as teachers and why we do it might usefully begin with understanding what our students bring to the history classroom. What do our students imagine when they consider the American past, or the study of history more broadly? And how might we answer those questions as historians, applying to teaching the same sorts of analysis that we bring to our historical scholarship? This section offers three attempts to address those challenges.

In this installment


How Students Understand History


Scott Casper

Pantheon of American Heros

Wineburg and Monte-Sano

“History Learning Projects”

Díaz, Middendorf, Pace, and Shopko